Joe Connor, whose father was murdered at the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing, writes,
Alexander Hamilton Wouldn’t Approve of a Terrorist’s Clemency. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s shameful performance for a man who helped murder my father. (emphasis added)
López Rivera was a longtime leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish acronym FALN, a group claiming support for Puerto Rican independence. It was actually a Marxist organization intent on subjugating Puerto Ricans and imposing a Castro-like communist regime. From 1974 to 1983, the group claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings and other violent crimes in U.S. cities, making it the most active domestic terrorist group in U.S. history.
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López Rivera organized and personally led numerous FALN bombings, armed assaults and hostage takings in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He also was a prime FALN recruiter; a crucial trainer in bombing, sabotage and other techniques of guerrilla warfare; and the mastermind behind the establishment of a series of FALN weaponry safe houses and bomb factories. When the FBI finally arrested him in 1981, it found in his residence a large quantity of dynamite, blasting caps and other bomb components.
Connor points out that in 1976 the FALN bombed a location near where Hamilton is playing in Chicago.
At least Obama did not pardon FALN chief William Morales, who has been living comfortably in Cuba where he sought political asylum – and whose extradition Obama did not seek while easing relations with Cuba.